Archives for September 2013

Totally Boy Crazy Quilt Riley Blake Tutorial

My quilt pattern is on the Riley Blake Cutting Corners Blog today!  I had so much fun making this quilt.  The Boy Crazy line is soooo cute!!!  I love the retro cars, rocket ships, and submarines in the theme print.  This fabric is great for little boys AND big boys! 

I couldn’t resist doing a little appliqué.  You gotta love the yellow submarine!

With the leftover scraps I made a few zipper pouches,  because I always need more zipper pouches!  This one is for my son to keep in his backpack.  It holds his Epi-Pen, inhaler, and tissues.  (Poor guy)

 This one is for me.  I am a big Beatles fan 🙂


Modern Pumpkin Pillow Tutorial

I love pumpkins, I love turquoise & orange, and I love houndstooth & chevron!  This pillow is all the things I love!!   Are you ready for fall?  We’ve had a HOT summer in Southern California!  Making this pillow totally got me totally excited for fall.   This pillow is quick and easy.  It’s being featured on the Therm O Web blog, click HERE for the tutorial.  I hope you enjoy it!!!

 I love the back of the pillow!  A spooky spider!


A word on Instagram

I consider myself a social person.  When I go to a party, I am usually the first one there and the last one to leave.  At church, my family has to drag me home or else I would talk in the halls forever!!  Then, why am I usually the last one up on social media trends?  People were texting years before my cell phone had texting capability.  I was one of the last people I know to join Facebook.  I got my iphone last December after friends had theirs for years before me.  Maybe I prefer real social interaction.
Which brings me to the topic of Instagram – I feel like I am the last person on Earth to get an Instagram account!  I didn’t realize how far behind I was until I attended Sewing Summit and found out that most people communicate via Instagram more than any other social media.  So, here I go…..I am joining the Instagram world!!!  


Halloween Applique Shirt & Twirly Skirt

My Halloween Skirt & Shirt tutorial is up and running on the Therm O Web Blog.  I can’t wait till it’s October so Sally can wear this!!  Would it be too much if I make myself one??
Therm O Web fall advertising…that’s my projects!!

 Love the bats!  It’s nice to be able to sew something for a boy.  Seems like everything is so girly!


Sewing Summit 2013

I just got home from Sewing Summit last night.  It was totally AMAZING and FUN and AWESOME!!!  It was held in downtown Salt Lake City.  I can’t believe I left the kiddos and husband and boarded a plane…..I never do anything like this!  It was totally worth it.  Of course the first day I was racked with guilt over leaving my family to fend for themselves….but after I boarded a tour bus and hit 3 quilt shops in the Salt Lake area, I was beginning to feel better!!

 Yes, thats a tour bus – haven’t been on one since high school!  It was so much fun to get on a bus and be with 40 ladies who loved sewing and quilting.  Everyone became instant friends!

 We went to Pine Needles, Material Girls, and Quilters Haven.  I don’t have a quilt shop where I live, so this was a huge treat!  So many fun ideas to get inspired by!

The conference consisted of 2 days of classes, 4 classes each day.  Bernina sponsored the summit and we all got to sew on brand new Berninas!

I got to take classes from some of my favorite people in the sewing world and meet others as well.  
Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter taught this Half Square Triangle Quilt class.

Jeni Baker from In Color Order taught this Equilateral Triangle Quilt Class.  

 I also loved meeting Rachel from Family Ever After,

and Heather Bailey!  She is soooo amazing!

 In between classes I got to meet lots of new friends and talk about sewing!  If you are at all interested in sewing or quilting, you should totally go!  It’s for EVERYONE!!!

I also got to eat some super yummy chocolates from Hatch’s

eat ice cream from the creamery,

and from Aggie ice cream.

 I arrived at sewing summit with 1 bag and a small carry on and left with 2 check-ons and 3 carry-ons!  I was quite a sight walking through the airport!!


“Ziggy Baby” Baby Quilt

I LOVE this pattern, Ziggy Baby, from Cluck Cluck Sew!  It is so cute and it is FAST & EASY!!  I will be making this pattern again and again!!!  This is also a great beginner quilt – but it doesn’t look “beginner”…..I don’t think 🙂

I sewed this quilt for a friend’s baby shower this weekend.  I secretly wanted to keep it for myself! She loved it!!

Don’t you want to make one!!


The Future is as Bright as your Faith {Printable}

I LOVE this quote!  I made this little printable with BRIGHT colors so that it can go along with NEON items!!  We made these little handouts and tied the printable to the top: neon pencils, notebook, and magnets (all from Target).
Download PDF HERE
Download graphic image HERE


5″ Square Baby Quilt

 I just finished this baby quilt for a friend.  Sometimes the simplest patterns are the cutest!  I love that this quilt does not have a pattern and it’s kind of scrappy.  I cut assorted pink and orange fabrics 5″ and laid them out to look “random”.  This quilt is 9 rows across and 10 rows down.


Giveaway Winner!

I loved reading all your comments about how you use your zipper pouches!  I definitely have some new ideas now – THANKS!!!!  I know it’s cliche, but I wish everyone could be a winner!  Here are the winners – there are two of you!!!
Winner #1 is Nettie who wrote, “I really love your little pouches! Great colors and fabrics. I use them for my essentials when traveling.”
Winner #2 is Polly who wrote, “I’d probably put all my sewing machine accessories in it…since my 18 month old LOVES to pull everything out of the little spot in my sewing machine that holds them.”
Thanks for entering!!


DIY Soccer Banner Tutorial

This is my first soccer banner ever!  I had no idea what I was doing and I was determined to use only materials I had on hand.  This is what I came up with! We are the Daisies (white) and there are 5 girls on our team.  So – 5 daisies on the banner!  Not too hard!!

Start with canvas or duck cloth.  I was happy I had bought this in the fabric district for $2 a yard!  Only it was a tan/cream color – not very 5 year old!  Luckily I had just purchased NEON pink spray paint!  I hemmed the edge of the canvas then spray painted it with the neon pink.

Neon pink does not photograph very well in bright sun.  I like how it finished kind of patchy, I have quilting fabric like this.  (it’s nice to know you can spray paint anything!!)

I got out my Therm O Web Heat n Bond and traced the block letters and daisies.

Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out on the line.

Peel off the paper and lay out the words.

I was afraid to iron directly on the spray paint so I grabbed an old piece of fabric and laid it on top.  It took a few seconds to get the Heat n Bond to melt.

I put an old towel on the tile floor then laid out the rest of the banner.  I ironed it on the floor – I didn’t want to move it to the ironing board.

I sewed around all of the appliqué pieces in black thread.  On the daisies I sewed around 3 times.

If I would have time, I would have hand stitched the names, but I had 10 minutes left before team pictures, so a sharpie did the trick in putting the girls names on the flowers.

I love it!!!  The neon really makes it!

 My husband assembled a PVC pipe stand and we took it to our first game on Saturday!!